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Ipswich v City: Daniel Farke's derby exclusive

21 October 2017

Ahead of Sunday's East Anglian derby meeting with Ipswich Town, we sat down with Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke to discuss the biggest talking points.

Daniel on his biggest game so far...
"Derbies are always something special. I'm getting used to it from the biggest derby in Germany, Borussia Dortmund against Schalke.

"It's perhaps the most important game of the year and I've mentioned several times this week we're just allowed to speak about the opponent in postcodes.

"There are a lot of emotions because it's a big game. We're looking forward to playing in."

Daniel on the importance of the derby...
"In general, I know a lot about derbies. When you live here, you experience it, particularly in the last few days. You realise how much it means for the city, for the whole club and for the people here.

"The rivalry between both clubs makes it a special game. It will be a game of high-intensity and emotion but we are prepared. We will try to play as well as we can."

Daniel on preparing for the derby...
"To be honest, sometimes it's a bit easier because you don't have to motivate the players so much.

"It's so important and they will give everything. They will be there with all their passion for this game. It's about having a plan how to beat Ipswich.

"You need intensity, attitude and aggressiveness but it's not all about this topic. You need to have a plan too and we'll try to point out the strengths and weaknesses of Ipswich.

"It's like each and every game in the preparation, but the motivation is less of a thing because all the players will be on the pitch with 100 per cent."

Daniel on what Ipswich will bring...
"They had a really good start to the season and being at home will be full of confidence.

"They have players with high-aggression and with a fighting attitude. They will have a big will to have a home win and we have to be prepared for a game full of intensity and full of duels.

"It will be important to be there in those duels to also bring our abilities and strengths too. That's what we're trying to do."

Daniel on his personal derby memories...
"As a coach, you try to calm down yourself and concentrate on the contents to make the right decisions on the pitch.

"You have to be cool in your head so you can analyse the game and help your players. That's the most important thing for a coach. Afterwards, hopefully you can enjoy the emotion."

Daniel on the final message to his players...
"I will decide at the last moment if they need a bit more kick, or to cool down because they are too nervous.

"You can be sure I trust my lads. I will give them a lot of self-confidence and that's what we need in this game."


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